Drake Choruses

Auditions for Drake's three select choral ensembles will take place August 25-28.  For further information please contact Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier.  

To participate in the Drake University/Community Chorus, attend the first rehearsal on Tuesday, August 30, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., in Monroe Hall, located in the lower level of the Harmon Fine Arts Center.  The following music should be purchased from the University Bookstore prior to the first rehearsal:

  • By the Waters of Babylon - Daniel Nelson
  • Der Gang zum Liebchen - Johannes Brahms
  • And the Heart Replies - Brad Holmes

(Kyrie from Dominicusmesse, K. 66 by Mozart will be furnished to singers at the first rehearsal)

*The University Bookstore is now located in the Olmsted Center (north side of University at 29th Center).  There are a few short-term parking slots reserved in the Olmsted lot for bookstore shoppers. Check the bookstore website for hours of operation. 

The Drake Choir,a select ensemble of 64 students, tours regionally on an annual basis and internationally every four years. The choir has sung in major venues in Europe, has performed in New York in both Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, and frequently collaborates with the Des Moines Symphony.

The Chamber Choir, consisting of 28 singers chosen from the Drake Choir, presents numerous on-and off-campus performances each year. The choir tours internationally every four years and most recently sang in England, performing in London at St. Paul's cathedral and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the cathedrals of Coventry, Ely, and Gloucester, and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

The Drake Chorale, a select women's chorus, presents four on-campus performances per year and, like the Drake Choir, has collaborated with the Des Moines Symphony.

The Drake University/Community Chorus, a non-select ensemble, is open to students, faculty, staff and community members and performs twice a year. 

Special Projects and Collaborations The Drake choruses offer frequent opportunities for collaboration with other musicians, as well as participation in comprehensive learning projects that take both singers and audiences deeper into exploration of important topics.

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